Ishida House, Matsudo

I woke up at five this morning. Still working on this time zone thing, although I guess it's better to be ahead than behind. We had pancakes for breakfast, yum.

We went for a walk down past the train station to a local temple. There was a famous old sakura tree there, but this isn't the season for it to be all pink, so it looks like a regular tree now. There was a huge bell, and something making noise from within the temple (a priest?), and we had the whole place to ourselves. On the way back, we stopped at a little shop and bought some dango for yokoo-sensei.

After we got home and had lunch, Naota fired up his laptop and challenged me to play against his 100yen go program. The first game lulled me into a false sense of security (I beat it by more than 120 points), then he cranked up the difficulty on me. I would have won the second game without komi! I wasn't really trying, anyways. Pshaw.

We walked to Yokoo-sensei's house (one of my host families from two years ago), and I got to see Naoya again. His dad is working in Shinjuku now, so he doesn't need to rent an apartment in Yokohama anymore, he was happy about that. Everyone is doing great, and I should get to see them a few more times this month.

We had Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki for dinner, which is basically okonomiyaki with yakisoba. Good stuff.